McPherson In-Home Newborn Session

 
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There's always something wonderful when your client welcomes you into their home and let's you be apart of their crazy. Jenny is a mama now to four beautiful children...the youngest was only 8-days old when she opened her door up to me. Her three oldest were obsessed with their new little brother and it was so adorable to watch.

This newest member to the family was, however, less than thrilled to have me bugging him with a camera and cried the majority of the time.

Both the parents just giggled and as they shrugged their shoulders looked at each other lovingly and said "well, it's memories".

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Sunday Favorites//December 18.16

Oye Vey what a week.  I'm officially graduated, moved out of my on campus studio, sold back my books and my ID and parking pass expired yesterday!  So I'm full on into my 365-challenge which you can read more about here.  Yesterday we took early morning bubble baths, my kiddos went to a birthday party, and than we took advantage of a snowy patch to get some pretty pictures of my daughter *swoon for snow photos* I mean black on white?  How can you go wrong?  I won't lie, I'm already counting down days till warmer weather appears, but I'll happily take advantage of the white backdrop for photos. I really have been relying on my Sorel's while i'm out doing wintery photoshoots, they've been a game changer keeping my feet dry and warm all while not feeling super heavy.

With everything changing in my life, I have found myself clinging to some comforts, music, popcorn and movies snuggled up with warm blankets.  So I wanted to share some of these comforts with you as we gear up for Christmas and then a New Year. What are some of your wintery comforts this time of year?

With Grace+Guts,
-H

PS I had to share below a new favorite to go in the Moscow Mules...this recipe is to swoon for!

  • Warm up in the Pendleton Blanket from Backcountry.com and get 2-day free shipping!
  • Get 2017 organized in the 18-month daily planner by Moleskine (I'm loving this red!) Use this link to get free shipping on orders $35 or more.
  • Currently on my Spotify repeat is Son Mieux
  • I'm loving my Sorel's, they are a must with snow and ice! And super cute too boot ;)
  • We're loving our Moscow Mule's from World Market! Use code JINGLEBELL to get free shipping!
  • How adorable is this wall planter?  Use it all year long to display Eucalyptus and pine to summer flowers. Find it on Etsy from EcoTree!
  • Talk about comfort! This retro air popcorn popper from World Market is too adorable for movie nights! Use code JINGLEBELL to get free shipping!
Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule | recipe found at  Heather Cristo's blog

Apple Cranberry Moscow Mule | recipe found at  Heather Cristo's blog

365/Week One

It has been an emotional ride this first week after graduation.  The lack of homework has been sensational and there isn't any denying this.  However, cleaning out my on campus studio, selling back my books, going out to the bar hangout one last time with all my sensational peeps...it was heavy and it's been weighing down on me.  As a confession, I've already started looking into grad school...because I love school...and that's that.

But I still took on my personal challenge to complete my list of put off's want to's and just in one week I feel so excited to take on all of these things that have been on the back burner for so long. I started piano again, practicing out of my old piano books...and I think I'll have Jingle Bell's down by Christmas.  I also took on the botany aspect as one of my cacti plants seemed to have root rot, and there is some root "surgery" one can do to remove that infected roots, and than repot with fresh soil the cacti which I took on.  So far the plant seems to be doing okay, so here's to hoping.  I also took the aspect of spending more quality time with my kids on full force.  We started reading a chapter or two a night from Matilda, hung out on the couch brushing each other's hair, and we "played" piano together one evening.  We also got our tree all decorated and ready for the big man himself to come to our home *wink wink*.  And finally I have finished my first book, and will be giving my book review on it this upcoming week.

So here's to new challenges, new chapters, learning and loving life, 6 days down. 359 left.

With Grace and Guts

-H

ps// side note...a piece I wrote and my photography is on the Habit and Home site today.  Go check it out and let me know what you think <3 <3 <3


 
 
 

Day 1/365

 
 
 

Well, I did it.  Yesterday I graduated. I graduated. Let me type that one more time...I Grad-U-Ated!
I graduated on the snowiest day of the year so far, surrounded by my few classmates that have been on this long journey with me and I was overwhelmed and overjoyed...and a little embarrassed when I was on the "I graduated" video for the whole congregation to see *oye-vey*

But never the less, I did it.  And someday I'll go back to school for my Masters, and beyond, but for now it's me taking a deep breath and taking on my 365-challenge.  

Day one of 365 has been filled to the brim, which I'm not expecting each 365-day to be, but today was one that I'm sure I will cherish close to my heart forever.  My little family and I drove out early today to go get our Christmas tree and to sneak some sledding in as well.  We then decorated the tree, and I won't lie there were a few meltdowns between my kiddos (and maybe my husband and I), and maybe there wasn't enough coffee, but it was a day for the books.

One of my things on this list was to spend more time with my kids.  I felt as I was going to school that I was there for them...and I mean I really was there for them, but I wanted to be really involved with my kids...not worrying about what homework i was putting off to be spending time with them.  And so, that is what I did today.  I sledded with my kids, watched Charlie Brown, I packed them a lunch for the snowy tailgate in the woods and we laughed about how everything was frozen...including the wipes.

Tomorrow...piano and writing.  For now...sleep.

With Grace + Guts,

-H

impromptu happiness.

Explorer | Photo taken by Hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by Hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Child of the Mountain | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Child of the Mountain | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

This past week was my kids spring break, and as you saw, we soaked up all we could from the beautiful + quirky city, Portland OR.  (We have been missing it since we left!)

But we drove down to Southern Idaho to soak up some familia time before returning back to the still cold North (so ready for warmer weather!)

After a weekend of cacti shopping, lots of coffee, a geek bar downtown Boise and some laughs it was time for us to drive home yesterday.  

While driving out of Riggins Idaho, my little photographer eye found this beautiful spot + I had to take pictures. So for 30-minutes my hubbs and I swapped my Nikon back and forth taking pictures.  It was an impromptu photo shoot that was filled with child spirits going wild as they climbed the rocks + lots of happiness.

That's The Hubb's | Riggins Idaho| All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

That's The Hubb's | Riggins Idaho| All RIghts Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

"I have a rock ma'ma" | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

"I have a rock ma'ma" | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Explorer | Photo taken by hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Familia | Photo Taken By the hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Familia | Photo Taken By the hubbs | Riggins Idaho | All Rights Reserved: Heather Woolery 2016

Raining Snow, Realizations + Coffee

Since I've gotten back from Guatemala it's been a whirl wind of school, senior studio, new work schedules, teaching, still trying to move into our new place and other family ordeals and I've failed to let you all know about my trip down to Guatemala...and I'm in all honesty so sorry.

For the past handful of day's here in North Idaho it's been raining snow - quite literally - and I have quite literally learned that my TOMS may not be the best sort of footwear for this sort of weather.  I've also tried breaking out the Chaco's and the Birkenstocks without socks...and I'm sure this is all a direct result of my revolting against the PNW weather I do truly love but still longing for that Guatemalan sunshine.

I've been reveling in the memories lately with the constant work of editing the photos I took on this trip.  Which, I will let you all know, will be on display at Bloom Cafe & Art House in Moscow, Idaho March 3rd for Moscow's First Thursday and then again for the month of April at Emerge Gallery in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.  Both will have some of the same photos, but each show will also showcase special photographs that will only be shown at that specific show.
(stay tuned for more info - or e-mail me about any questions regarding)

With the joys of educational bliss about to come to a close at the end of this year, the hubbs and I have had multiple "what do we want to be when we grow up" sounded conversations and we couldn't help but feel, where the town we reside in now has been incredible and so near to our hearts, that it may be time to start renesting elsewhere.  Now, where that's 9-months or so down the road, conversations like those always lead to realizations about oneself, ones predicament or even those that one may surround themselves with.  I feel pretty lucky to be married to the man I snagged almost three years ago and last night I went upstairs to send out a couple emails and I saw this...

Married to a Forester | All Rights Reserved Heather Woolery 2016

Married to a Forester | All Rights Reserved Heather Woolery 2016

Being married to a forester has its days of way too early of a morning wake-up call, sap and who knows what stains on his jeans I'll never get out, and summer's tend to leave me quite lonely at times...but this man has been standing by me, helping me with every dream and ambition I hold near to my heart + he works his ass off for me and our two Things that run around like possessed monkeys.  This hat, so worn, yet so comfortable and loving incapsulates my husband better then anything I've found to date.

Childhood Residence | All Rights Reserved Heather Woolery 2016

Childhood Residence | All Rights Reserved Heather Woolery 2016

It doesn't matter where we live, or how much like nomads we resemble some days/weeks/months - our life is ours to live.  We're a family of four outrageously crazy not-normal normal humans all co existing together everyday through up's and down's.  We help one another, cheer each other on, fight with one another, snuggle and love one another.  We're as real of a family as it's gonna get, even if we have no ambitions for white picket fences at this point in time.  And that is the realization I needed to make.  There's no list of boxes to check off that I need to complete by the time by kids turn 18, or I'm married to my husband for 20-years.  Its just simply what makes our family run, that's all that matters.

So let my mini-but not so mini life lesson be a hug on this Friday afternoon before you step into your weekend.  No matter what your family looks like, whither your all related or not, find comfort, love and light in their presence knowing that this is exactly where you need to be at this moment in time.

With Grace and Guts,
Adventure With Purpose